Yearly Archives: 2010


Watch for Project Updates!

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for project updates and the install process. We will focus on the actual install challenges that we overcome to make a sucess out of the project. Also it will give us a chance to highlight some of our work.

Customer Regrets

Occasionally customers will give us feedback on the quality of our work and how pleased they are with our efforts and the end results. Landscaping as a job can give you some great satisfaction when the project is completed.

Certifications and Education are Two Key Elements in Choosing a Landscape Professional

If you are searching for a qualified landscape professional to maintain your existing landscape or create a new one you should always find out about the people who own the company, who train the crews and supervise the work. They should have professional certifications, college degrees or some education that shows there knowledge to get the job done efficiently and with the highest quality.

Understanding the Value of Landscaping

I meet with customers everyday. Some of them really understand the value of a well maintained landscape, others clearly do not. For example I went to someone’s home to do an estimate. Sunrise had never worked with this customer before. It was clear that they had spent some money to get a descent landscape installed, their was a variety of quality plant selections, they had a paver patio put in and the design was solid. However there were weeds everywhere in the beds, no pruning had been done and the landscape needed help. Their solution was to ask me to give them a price to put “concrete” in the beds or some kind of rock (gravel) in the beds to prevent the weeds from coming up in the future.

Landscape Myths vs. Reality

Myths of landscape maintenance 1) Myth: Spring cleanups can be done by just anyone. All you have to do is spread some mulch around and rake up some leaves and you are done. Reality: There are several things that should be done during the clean up and mulching that not only are more aesthetic but help improve the long term health of your landscape. Excess mulch should be removed from beds and especially around the base of trees and shrubs. All beds should be edged to define the beds and show the distinction between turf and planting areas. Also certain plants should be cut back during this process and dead foliage should be removed. Mulching should be spread evenly in open bed areas and sparingly around trees and plants.

We Fix Cheap Landscapes!

Have you tried a cheaper landscaper and they botched the job? We are often called out to see if we can fix or finish a job that some other “landscaper” started and could not finish or just did not know what they are doing. It really does pay to hire a true professional when it comes to landscaping. Professionally trained and educated designers can choose the right plant for the right place. We also can provide the expertise on proper installation of hardscaping such as pavers and retaining walls. We are professionally certified to perform these types of jobs, our crews are trained and operate to certain safety standards. If you don’t use someone that is credible, has the proper training and certifications, you are rolling the dice. Sure it may be cheaper, but is it really?

Shameless Self-Promotion of Sunrise Landscape + Design

I will admit my reason for this blog is to promote my company Sunrise landscape + design formerly Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services, Inc. The other reason I do this is to inform the public about the challenges we as professionals face in dealing with clients, issues we run up against in the field and just some things to consider in your own landscape here in the Northern VA area.

Protect Your Plants from Further Snow Damage

With all of the snow we have had plants have been taking a beating! Here are just a few suggestions: Get any frozen snow off of the branches. Careful not to damage the branches when removing the snow. Dig out branches that have been pulled down into the snow. As the snow melts it can potentially do more damage by pulling the branches down even more causing them to break. Stake and or wrap shrubs that are drooping or leaning. Careful not to damage the branches any further as they are very brittle. Any branches that are broken or partially broken will in all likelyhood need to be removed by pruning. Some plants can be tied back up if the break is not to severe.